ScrapHappy October

Welcome once again to ScrapHappy Day!

It’s the day my friend Gun in Sweden and I host ScrapHappy, a day for showing something made from scraps.

In addition to my recent scrappy posts here, here and here, I’ve been working on a small project for my lovely SIL (Hi, H!). She’s the one I’m making the Tyger quilt for, and I though it would be fun to assemble a load of scrappy loveliness to make her the TV remote holder she’s asked for in colours to match her eventual quilt. Nothing like a matching set! She’s already warned me that BIL will want his own (competing, naturally) quilt in due course…

Here’s where I’ve got to so far. The idea is that this is a long strip which drapes over the chair/sofa arm, tucks in along the seat and the other end, on the outside, contains pockets for the remote controls. In her case, there are three. Total length still to be established, but I have pocket sizes worked out, and these will go on the end nearest the viewer in the above photo. I’ll  use a dark colour to counterbalance the fairly pale overall effect at this end. If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ll recognise a lot of those scraps. I think the oldest ones there are from another ‘supporter’s quilt’ I made 8 years ago, called Go the Pies. I really do hang onto my scraps… It will be sandwiched, backed, quilted and bound, and then she can have it as a ‘deposit’ on her quilt, which is next in line after I finish Hopscotch.

ScrapHappy is open to anyone using up scraps of anything – no new materials. It can be a quilt block, pincushion, bag or hat, socks or a sculpture. Anything made of genuine scraps is eligible. If your scrap collection is out of control and you’d like to turn them into something beautiful or useful instead of leaving them to collect dust in the cupboard, why not join us on the 15th of each month? Either email me at the address on my Contact Me page, or leave a comment below. You can also contact Gun via her blog to join. We welcome new members. You don’t have to worry about making a long term commitment or even join in every month, just let either of us know a day or so in advance if you’re new and you’ll have something to show, so we can add your link. Regular contributors will receive an email reminder three days before the event.

Here are the links for everyone who joins ScrapHappy from time to time (they may not post every time, but their blogs are still worth looking at).

Today we are also welcoming Esther to the group. She is a wonderfully talented quilter and makes the most beautiful pieces, so her blog is really worth a visit.

KateGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, Jan, Moira, Sandra, Chris, Alys,
Claire, Jean, Jon, Dawn, Jule, Gwen,
Bekki, Sunny, Kjerstin, Sue L, Vera,
Nanette, Ann, Dawn 2, Bear, Carol,
Preeti, Edith, Debbierose and Esther

See you next time for more scrappy loveliness.

53 thoughts on “ScrapHappy October

  1. Marty K says:

    Ohmygoodness — that Tiger quilt is going to be even more gorgeous than I first imagined! 🧡🐅

  2. What a thoughtful and useful accessory!

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve made several for other family members in the past, mostly with a crochet toolkit on the top area (pockets for hooks, scissors, etc and a spool yarn holder). They are very handy, so I’m not surprised someone else wants one!

  3. For those with tv remotes, I believe this is an incredibly useful item to have over the arm of a chair in the lounge! Yours, of course, is triply special.

    • katechiconi says:

      I’ve seen commercial ones with a hard flat surface on the top face, for putting, for example, a glass of wine and plate of snacks… This wouldn’t work for me because a) not allowed a glass of anything nice any more and b) the arm of my chair slopes too much. Probably just as well for my blood sugar, eh?

      • Those are also for chairs or couches with broad, boxy arms. I’m not a broad, boxy furniture type of person so they wouldn’t work for me either, but not for the same reasons 😉

  4. knitnkwilt says:

    I like the idea of a “deposit” on a quilt. I’ve been known to give a sketch one year, a top the next ,and finally the quilt.

    • katechiconi says:

      It’s either a deposit or a promissory note! Either way, a foretaste of things to come. She’s had the sketch already, she’ll see this post for a flavour of the colours, and at some hopefully not-to-distant stage, she’ll see me start work!

  5. nanacathy2 says:

    Terrific idea, love the tiger.

  6. Such a tidy workspace, Kate. And great to see how you sketch stuff out. Thank you

    • katechiconi says:

      Oh, a VERY carefully angled shot, I promise you! I draw or diagram everything out, particularly when I have to cut a particularly quantity from a piece I’m not sure is large enough. The only way my lamebrain can work it out is visually, the maths is totally beyond me!

      • I take photos like that too. Cropping is my friend. And I’m a collager for idea – my sketches are rubbish, but I’m finding maths more understandable now I have to use it so much in a way that’s meaningful for me.

  7. Looks like that tiger is all set to defend the remotes! It looks fab.

    • katechiconi says:

      The tiger is going to be the centre of the quilt, which I’m really looking forward to working on! I have quite a collection of bits of gold, orange, charcoal, rich cream, white and black. Lots of fun ahead!

  8. […] am joining Kate for her monthly Scrap Happy gathering – pop on over and see how others have been using up their […]

  9. So dynamic! What a GRrrrrrrrrrreat idea [do you remember the Tony the Tiger ads? 😉 ]
    There is a touch of rust in my Scrap Happy post this month – are you surprised?
    (https://daffodilwild.wordpress.com/2021/10/15/scrap-happy-wooden-ladder/)

  10. Going Batty in Wales says:

    Being ‘Tigger’ I love those colours! I have no TV so no remote either but the idea of one with pockets for my ceraft stuff appeals. Another project to add to the list!

  11. Debbierose says:

    Lovely Kate, and now another item on my increasing to do list

  12. Kate you are so clever. You’re also generous with your time and talent. I smiled at the idea of a “deposit” on the future quilt. I always enjoy your ScrapHappy days.

  13. Scrappy loveliness for sure…and hooray for eight-year-old scraps…I guess this means you started this scraphappy forum the year after that! So many scraps!

    • katechiconi says:

      That sounds about right… I’ve always kept and used my nicest scraps, and finally thought it would be good to encourage others to use them too. And now, there’s a whole community dedicated to making use of these tiny treasures!

  14. Jule says:

    Love the colours 🙂

  15. Susan Nixon says:

    That’s a wonderful gift! It makes me tired just to read all the things you do, Kate.

  16. mlmcspadden says:

    Great idea and a wonderful gift. Love the colors in it.

  17. Far Side says:

    Fun to see what you have done with scraps!

  18. Great idea, the remote holder and that will keep the armchair clean in the process. I don’t think many realize how much work goes into the things we make. Your tyger is so good looking. I’m not surprised the BIL is putting his bid in already.You do beautiful work.

    • katechiconi says:

      Thanks, Marlene! Scraps are always a bit more work than cutting into virgin cloth, but the end result is often much more interesting. The BIL will have a bit of a wait, since I have a list going!

  19. rutigt says:

    Your SIL will love it!

  20. tialys says:

    I’m sure SIL will love her ‘deposit’ and it’ll give her a daily reminder of what’s to come.

  21. claire93 says:

    so much thought going into this quilt!

  22. Bear says:

    Awesomeness! I’ve been so busy this week, and though it’s not “scrappy” I did get my dress finished just a short hour ago… for tomorrow’s performance. I posted it if you’d like to see it. https://centerforchaosexplorations.com/2021/10/16/from-scraps-to-treasures/

  23. […] the remote-control holder I was making for my SIL?  It’s done. I designed a pocket, using all sorts of random domestic […]

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